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Newark's Fourth Shooting of Year Sends Boy,14, to Hospital

The teen was found bleeding on the sidewalk on Cherry Street about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Police say the shooting may be gang-related.

say a 14-year-old boy is expected to survive what may have been a gang-related shooting on Cherry Street Thursday.

This is Newark’s fourth shooting of 2011.

Police Sgt. Mike Carroll did not give the boy's exact condition but said he is stable.

Carroll said the police department first received calls about the shooting on Cherry Street, between Dairy and George avenues, shortly before 3:30 p.m.

Cherry Street neighbors said they heard several gunshots, then saw the boy bleeding on the sidewalk.

“Cherry Street is a busy thoroughfare,” Carroll said. “You have an elementary school nearby. kids walk down Cherry to go home.”

Graham Elementary School is located about 0.6 miles from the shooting scene. Newark Junior High is less than a mile away.

Commander Tom Milner said investigators believe the boy was affiliated with a gang.

“I’m going to be straight with you. We believe this is gang violence,” Milner said. “We’re not sure what specific gang. We are working with the evidence, canvassing the neighborhood. We will bring an end to this senseless violence.”

The victim was a Newark resident who attended Newark Junior High sporadically, says neighbors.

The shooting investigation prompted officers to close off Cherry Street between Dairy and George avenues for about two hours. Neighbors who were at home at the time of the shooting were not allowed to leave during that time.

One man who identified himself as Ed said he heard six to seven gunshots at the time of the shooting. He said he called 9-1-1 after he saw the boy tucked under a white Chevy Suburban.

“I didn’t think I would hear gunshots like that in Newark,” Ed said. “I just moved from East Palo Alto.”

Another neighbor, Sergio Cervantes, said he heard the gunshots from the back of his house. He also saw the boy on the ground.

“He look worried, scared,” Cervantes said. “It looks like he was shot in the leg. I hope he’s OK.”

Cervantes said he has known the teen for about year.

“He seemed like a normal kid," he said.

Cervantes said he has never seen a shooting like this in his neighborhood.

“I’m worried out here. I have a daughter. I want to keep her safe,” he added.

If you have any information on the shooting, you may call the Newark Street Enforcement Team's Detective Sergeant Mapes at 510-578-4734. You may also leave information anonymously on the “silent witness” hotline at 510-578-4965.

Newark officers have responded to four shootings since the beginning of the year:

  • On Feb. 23, someone shot an 18-year-old man in the legs at a housing complex on Cedar Boulevard near Lido Court. You may read more about the incident here.
  • On Jan. 29, a man was shot several times in an alley behind  on Newark Boulevard. For more on that incident, click
  • On Jan. 20, someone shot a 19-year-old man as he was driving by Haley Street and Cedar Boulevard. You may read more about that incident .
Nadja Adolf July 23, 2011 at 07:50 AM
Mona, you aren't reading what I am writing - you are distorting what I say. When I contrast the hard working poor and lower middle class that built Newark with the modern tenants of subsidized housing, you try and conflate the two groups. Working class poor are not the same as the career criminals, unwed mothers with large families, and unmarried couples with children who depend on Section 8 and other subsidies to provide for their families. I think the Silliman Center COULD have been one of the best things to happen to Newark - if it had been built as originally envisioned - primarily a small town recreation center and pool. It is too expensive and too inaccessible for Newark families. The decisions made by the City Council left Newark unprepared for tough times. They spent money as if there was no tomorrow during the boom years and never worried about how they would pay the debts if the economy cycled. This time there is a good chance it won't come back because the city government keeps making more and more decisions that make the town less and less attractive to families. Why live in Newark when you can live in Gilroy or Tracy and have better schools? Why live in a Newark "transit centered development" of unattractive, over crowded townhouses on asphalt pavement to ride the bus to work when in Gilroy or Tracy you can catch a real train to work?
Nadja Adolf July 23, 2011 at 07:56 AM
Mona, pointing out government failures is not mudslinging, no matter how much one disagrees with what is said. The first thing to do is to stop subsidizing new developments on the theory that they will attract tax dollars because it hasn't worked in the past, and it isn't going to work now. The second thing to do is to recognize that the city subsidizes the Chamber of Commerce, which should be trying to promote Newark instead of simply rubberstamping every tax proposal from City Hall. The Chamber should advertise Newark in the small local shoppers and papers across the Bay - and have pictures of residential neighborhoods - NOT THE LAKE. (The Lake is NOT high end housing and is NOT perceived as such in PA or MP or MV. Better to show some of the other areas and extol the large lots, convenient freeway access, and lower housing prices.) The schools. We should apply for waivers to toss all sorts of junk overboard. We don't need to spend time on ethnic pride or DARE which has been shown to actually increase drug use. Ethnic history should be integrated into US history and not isolated to Chicano Week or Black History Month. A heavy focus should be on how all different groups built this country. There are many great examples - Mountain Men Jim Beckwourth and Kit Carson did a great deal of traveling in California - one Black, one White.
Nadja Adolf July 23, 2011 at 08:01 AM
School funding - I know the district is underfunded - but they seem to overpay for their administrators compared to districts of comparable size, such as Dublin. Enrollment is also shrinking, and should shrink farther this fall as more and more parents of Schilling and Graham students realize that they can now transfer out of district. I don't think the schools are salvageable with money until we replace the marjority on the school board. One start for income would be to make the various organizations that are allegedly "renting" district property actually pay their rents. LOV, for example, apparently quit paying quite some time ago. Activities for youth are critical - but we need a curfew rule that actually fines the parents. I am often astounded at how many juveniles I find wandering the area between my house and the Middle School after midnight. Youth only activity is one thing - but I'd like to see hours for families to come with their kids. It is really important for the kids to have their parents acting as role models. Oh, and I'm NOT running for office. Did it once; that was more than enough for me.
Mona Taplin July 24, 2011 at 06:21 PM
This is why I am a little reluctant to vote for you Rick. You exaggerate the things I've said about the good in this city and concentrate only on pot holes. I'm sure you have good ideas,- but why not concentrate on them instead of all the criticism? We need a good, strong, well paid police force including animal control officers. We DO have animal problems in this city, some of which we can't do a whole lot about because of state and/or federal laws. We used to trap wild animals (Raccoons, possoms, skunks, etc) and the animal control officer would pick them up. They can't do that anymore because we don't have enough officers. These animals go yard to yard by digging under fences. County Vector control won't help unless EVERY homeowner in the neighborhood digs down under their fences and installs mesh screen so the animals can't dig under. Is it possible to fine those people who feed those "cute" wild animals? They are the people causing a lot of the problems. I like Nadja's idea of a curfew. My daughter had a curfew set by her parents. She didn't like it very well,- but like it or not if she wasn't home on time we went looking for her, and we expected to find her where she said she was going to be,- or else. We didn't wait for the police to send her home. Curfews have been tried, but parents hate to have them enforced on their little dumplings.Like it or not, it's time to get tough on things like that.
Mona Taplin July 24, 2011 at 06:29 PM
I fail tos see how the Mayor and City Council can be responsible for kids having guns in their back packs. That's a parents responsibility, and it's about time parents were charged with criminal neglect when their kids commit crimes with weapons, whether those weapons be baseball bats, guns or knives. There are laws concerning this, but they are rarely enforced. Time to get tough.

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